Film directors discuss their favourite scenes from classic films ranging from Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”, to Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window”.
The situation Hitchcock establishes in the opening scene of Rear Window is the ultimate voyeuristic situation. The character played by James Stewart has broken his leg, has nothing to do but linger behind his window and watch. He is passive but eager to find something – to be a witness of something, or to give his imagination something to chew on. As a spectator in a cinema theatre, you are a sort of prisoner in a chair, like he is.